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Shirtlifter #1 Single Issue Magazine – June 1, 2010

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"One of the most original comics, gay or straight, to come around in recent memory." --Frontiers

About the Author

Steve MacIsaac's writing and illustrations have appeared in a number of books and periodicals. He has appeared in all three volumes of Last Gasp's Best Erotic Comics series, both volumes of The Book of Boy Trouble, and Arsenal Pulp's anthology I Like It Like That, among others. He serializes new work twice weekly at the Moderntales.com website. The fourth volume of SHIRTLIFTER will be released in Fall, 2010.
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Product Details

  • Single Issue Magazine: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn, Out Press; 2nd Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979134935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979134937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A expat Canadian living in Los Angeles after several years in Japan, Steve MacIsaac's comics explore contemporary gay culture, identity, and sexuality. MacIsaac has released four issues to date of his solo series SHIRTLIFTER. His work has appeared in a number of in anthologies, including I LIKE IT LIKE THAT (Arsenal Pulp), several volumes of BOY TROUBLE, and BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2010 (Houghton Mifflin). He is perhaps best known for his wordless collaboration with Dale Lazarov, STICKY, published by Bruno Gmuender.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HiRez on February 10, 2011
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I have been collecting Steve MacIsaac's comics since I picked up his shirtlifter comic. I love the artwork as well as the storylines. It's more realistic depiction rather than fantasy seen in many gay comics.
The men in his stories are well built and well hung but the sex is not the main point of the story.
The stories are more relatable. I am looking forward to issue no 4! I personally like to support gay comic artists and I think if you are interested in gay interest comics you should definitely check it out.
Ps. I ordered two of mine directly from his own website and they were hand signed by him which was a nice bonus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill on April 19, 2011
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I was introduced to Steve MacIssac's work from Sticky, and was glad to discover he had his own comic. Shirtlifter is one of the few comics that accurately portray gay male relationships, without forcing the characters into straight relationship boxes. (You have a gay partner? Which one of you is the woman?). The men are masculine and hot, and three-dimensional in their development. Yes there is sex, but it's part of the story, and not just added to titillate. The latest printing of this issue is on high quality paper, and has been re-colored. If you are a fan of Sticky, make sure you pick up all of the issues of Shirtlifter.
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This is SHIRTLIFTER, volume one, also the first part (so far) of a serial called "Unmade Beds." Although set in Tokyo, the graphic style is more like a slick American graphic novel than the swirling manga. Although the principal players are gay men, it isn't really "gei comi" either; the pornographic content consists of only a couple of almost-safe-for-work, man-on-man scenes. But it is dramatic, and interesting.

The story (more character development than plot, really) concerns two youngish gay American men who moved from the USA to Japan at the behest of one character's corporate employer, for only a year (or so we are told). The corporate type is finding Japan more to his liking than he had thought, but his partner, who seems to spend more time in bars than in teaching ESL or swimming, dislikes the surrounding culture, has learned very little Japanese, and yearns to go home. In a clever dash of allegory that is fully integrated to the plot, he sits through an amateur production of HEDDA GABLER (alone, while the partner who egged him into attending is working late) and identifies with the witty but miserable Hedda Gabler, stuck in an environment of her own making. Later he takes a deliberate deviation from his relationship, and it's at that part that the action concludes . . . at least for now.

Since its initial publication, this first SHIRTLIFTER went out of print, but later more SHIRTLIFTERS were published, and then this one was republished. The three intervening releases contain different stories, and were published in books that have grown longer and costlier over time. I have ordered nos. 2, 3 and 4 and hope they are as enjoyable as this Shirtlifter No. 1. I also hope the "Unmade Beds" story I read is continued, as it clearly has not ended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chnaane on July 14, 2011
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This is uppercase-A Art. I'll explain what I mean: My other half is an artist, so I have maybe more than the average amount of "training", if you will, on how to look at and think about art. I am also reminded of a Q&A with author Stephen King, in which the interviewer asked why he writes about such dark things, and King's answer was "What makes you think I have a choice?". There's plenty of artwork out there of whatever genre or medium that's not especially deep or thoughtful...maybe it has nice lines or pretty colours or fine technique, but not much more than that. It makes the cash register ring, because a lot of people aren't looking for anything more than
nice lines or pretty colours or fine technique.

But when the artist really shares of himself, puts himself into his work, it comes through. And that is very much the case with Steve MacIsaac's "Shirtlifter" series. The characters are not just hot and drawn with great skill, talent, thought, and love, but are also deeply dimensional and very real. So's their internal and external discourse. My own experience with life is substantially different in the details and scenarios, but the manner in which the characters think and act and fret and decide and screw up and fix it and make it work are in close accord with my own life; I was very quickly drawn (as it were) into the stories of the characters' intertwined, complicated lives, and the plots get real traction with me. I have already read this twice and and am in the middle of time number three; I seem to discover new detail and nuance each time through.

This is not a one-dimensional, one-handed whack book to be tossed (off or aside). It's got a permanent place on my bookshelf together with #2, #3, and #4. I can scarcely wait for #5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ultramooz on February 9, 2011
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From the 3 (so far..) Shirtlifter comics, this is the last one I read because it was out of print when I discovered Steve MacIsaac's work in Sticky. Luckily, a recent reprint gave the chance to get it. This is not your typical gay comic (and that's a good point to me) : the mood is quite heavy, and the explicit scenes are not really the center point of the book. The story is well written, and can ring a bell for those of us which are partnered for some time.

A very good start to an unusual series of comics...
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